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2017: My Year in Review

Without a doubt, 2017 has been the best year of my life. I made it my mission to make this year a happy one and I’ve had something to smile for everyday, even if some days have been a little harder and darker than others.

Here’s my 2017 highlights:

Tuesday 31st January: I discovered the beauty of the musical, Evita and now it’s solidly in my top five favourite musicals. I might even go as far as to say it’s my fourth favourite. The music is outstanding and Emma Hatton in the titular role was incredible.

Friday 3rd February: I loved Evita that much that I had to see it again during its visit to Stoke on the UK Tour. I am well and truly obsessed.

[Read my Evita review here]

[Photo: Pamela Raith Photography]
Friday 17th February: I took my sister to see Les Miserables in the West End. This marked my tenth visit and her first. Another superb show and my musical-theatre-hating -sister now understands my undying love for Les Mis. This was followed by a night-out in Piccadilly Institute and a four mile walk to High Street Kensington at 3am.

Thursday 23rd February: Despite a four hour train journey and a cancelled train home thanks to Storm Doris, I had an amazing day indulging in an afternoon tea and watching Phantom of the Opera from the front row of the dress circle with Angel. We also met Celinde Schoenmaker after the performance who was a joy, like always. I also met Charlotte Vaughan and Nadim Naaman who I was thrilled to say hello to.

[Read this review of Phantom of the Opera here]

Saturday 18th March: We got dayseats for Wicked which truly was Wicked.

Sunday 19th March: This day marked my first trip to see the School of Rock in the West End which was something else! I’ve never been in so much awe of ten-year-olds than I was sat in the audience of this show. Utterly incredible. Go see it!

[Read my review of the School of Rock here]

Sunday 2nd April: WE BROUGHT OUR LITTLE PUPPY HOME. We welcomed little Oscar to the Poole family and our lives have been a little brighter since.

Wednesday 19th April: Lizzie, Jess and I took to the streets of London as budding tourists. The train track caught fire which resulted in the closure of Euston station. Perhaps I’m not destined for London after all…


Friday 23rd June: My last A-Level and my last day at sixth form college.’

Thursday 6th July: What an insane day!!! Angel and I saw Phantom of the Opera (what a surprise!) and met the phenomenal Celinde afterwards. We even got a backstage tour thanks to Angel.

[Read about my day at Phantom here]

Tuesday 25th July: Mum took me to London zoo and we saw Aladdin in the evening. It exceeded all expectations and it was a bloody wonderful day. I can’t wait for my next opportunity to see Aladdin again in theatre.

[Read my Aladdin review here]

Wednesday 26th July: We saw the Lion King which is a spectacle. I loved every second of it. It was such an incredible spectacle. The Circle of Life and He Lives in You gave me goosebumps.

Wednesday 2nd August: Despite having spent the day prior throwing up like there was no tomorrow, I finally saw Miss Saigon again on its UK tour having waited a year and a half to see it live once more. It was truly stunning and worth the wait. I loved it even more than I did on the West End.

Wednesday 16th August: I saw Miss Saigon in Birmingham for the second time. On this visit, I went with Lizzie. Our friendship started because of our shared love for Miss Saigon so it was wonderful seeing it together. Zoe Doano as Ellen was the sure highlight.



Friday 25th August – Friday 1st September:  I went on holiday to Yorkshire for a week with my family and Oscar. It was his first holiday and he loved it. It was the perfect way to spend my last few weeks with my family before moving to London.

Saturday 2nd September: Phantom cast change. Angel and I managed to get front row tickets for the final performance of our favourite cast. It was heartbreaking but what a show! We met Celinde once more afterwards which was the perfect way to say goodbye to such a talented bunch of people.

Saturday 16th September: I MOVED TO LONDON FOR UNIVERSITY! What an incredible experience it’s been so far. I’ve met the best people and I’m having the best time. I couldn’t have wished for anything better.

Saturday 23rd September: I saw School of Rock again in the West End. What a magical show! I’VE NEVER FELT MORE TALENTLESS. THESE KIDS ARE EVERYTHING I ASPIRE TO BE.

Wednesday 11th October: I saw Evita for the third time. This time, I caught it on its West End run. I took Meg with me who loved it too. It needs permanent residency because I simply can’t get enough.

Thursday 26th October: Meg and I saw the Exorcist in the West End which was probably the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen. We were sat in the upper circle and I jumped more times than I’d like to admit despite being sat far back. I strongly recommend this show!

Monday 6th November: A belated birthday celebration. Katie and I were audience members for The Apprentice: You’re Fired. Claude Littner smiled at me!

[Read my blog post about my day here]

Friday 17th November: I attended an intimate gig to see Celinde Schoenmaker and Richard Fleeshman sing some of their original material. They were utterly magnificent. I can’t wait to see what Makerman get up to in 2018.

Saturday 18th November: I went into Central London with Meg with the intention of watching her get tattooed. Due to London laws, I wasn’t allowed to watch so I had four hours to kill. You leave me in London alone… a theatre will definitely be calling my name. I managed to get last minute tickets for Annie which was so much better than I ever imagined it could be.

Monday 20th November: Without a doubt, this was one of the best experiences of my life! I’ve always dreamed of seeing the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and I’ve always wanted to sit in the Royal Albert Hall. Merge the two together with a night at the musicals and you have one very happy Catherine. Oliver Tompsett, Anna-Jane Casey, Celinde Schoenmaker and Alexander Armstrong performed an array of songs from classic musicals and it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever watched.


Friday 15th December: I managed to get my hands on a £10 front row ticket for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie which was one of the best pieces of theatre I’ve seen for a long time. It’s extremely current and you’ll be singing the soundtrack for weeks later. I was so conflicted with emotions when it finished; I didn’t know whether to be happy or sad. Yes yes yes, go see it!


I could have written a novel explaining how I’ve enjoyed 2017. There are so many more days I could have written about but the above will do for now.

As much as I’ve enjoyed 2017, not everyday has been so easy. I sadly lost my Nanna in September after a short illness. Goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again. Miss you xxx

5 thoughts on “2017: My Year in Review

  1. How would I describe 2017?- it was an enjoyable one. Part of it was spent making college memories such as hikes, making a new stuffed animal, winning a huge stuffed bunny which I named Chester at a school Easter Egg hunt, and Pinterst nights and so on and many of those were events by Student Activities. I saw three musicals this year- the first being Little Shop of Horrors, which was a wonderful production but no a fantastic or amazing musical.

    The other two were Les Mis and Rent, where I loved the productions and the shows. I have loved Rent for five years, but this was my first time seeing it live.

    This was my 5th time seeing Les Mis, but my 1st time ever seeing it on tour and I loved being able to see the 25th anniversary production and was incredible and this cast and staging lived up to the West End production in its own way. After seeing Les Mis in the West End 2015, I knew that this 25th anniversary production had to somehow live up to that and it. Seeing a show on tour is way different than seeing a show on Broadway or the West End. I ended up seeing Les Mis in Greenville at quite a gorgeous theatre and I was sitting in the balcony with my school and despite being in the balcony I could see everything and could hear the actors even in quieter moments. I felt goosebumps at times, cried and laughed like expected.

    Than of course all the Christmas memories. My mom took me to see The Man Who Invented Christmas. My grandpa came to visit and I love opening up Christmas presents and celebrating Christmas with family and we had dinner at a family friend’s house.

    I did read a lot this year and it was around 11 or so books and some of them were classics, some were nonfiction, one was a mystery and about three of them were fantasies.

    Cannot wait to see what 2018 has in store

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  2. Ahhh, amazing!! I’ve never seen Rent but I’m desperate to see it, maybe one day this year! I’m glad you loved Les Mis, it’s such a powerful musical.

    I’ve really been lazy when it came to reading in 2017. I’d hate to think about how little I read unless it was for an assignment.

    I hope 2018 is marvellous for you. Happy new year!! X


  3. In 2016, I found out that Rent was touring the US and coming to my city so I found the opportunity to see it. It was coming to Charlotte September 2017 and I had to convince my parents. I was waiting to see it since Fall 2012 and finally got see it. The seats were perfect, the cast was wonderful, and I was an emotional wreck but the only downside was that the couple next to us were whisper talking the entire time: do not like when there are disrespectful audience members.

    Les Mis: this was yet my 5th time seeing it live. I saw it 3x at a community college and 1x at the Queen’s Theatre in the West End. So this was my first time seeing the musical on tour and like Rent, I was an emotional wreck and I am not still not sick and tired of Les Mis.

    2018 will be marvelous because I am graduating from college May 2018. I am excited for that to happen, but a bit scared, and a bit sad. But glad it is going to happen


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